Pelco has released a free 4 channel VMS software application (the DS4U) that supports Pelco's own cameras.
This is interesting from a Pelco perspective because they, like most analog incumbents, primarily sell DVR/NVR 'boxes'. This, along with running their Digital Sentry software on Intransa, are both signs of Pelco promoting more software only solutions.
While 4 free channels are more than some VMS providers (Milestone, Axis Camera Station only offer 1 channel), it is far less than the 16 common with most Taiwan manufacturers as well as Mobotix whose VMS software is entirely free.
We think this is an interesting sign for Pelco's IP transition, however, it's unlikely to have a major practical impact simply because 4 camera support is not sufficient for hardly any application (outside of bench testing, etc.)
The software can be downloaded online and includes an on-line video training tutorial.
Pelco confirmed that the DS4U shares the same code base as the Digital Sentry and can be upgraded to the full Digital Sentry VMS to support 3rd party cameras and scale to larger systems.
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